Many patients who suffer from sleep apnea use the Philips Respironics device, and instead of it helping them sleep better, it has caused cancer. There’s nothing more frustrating than putting your trust in a medical device and a company that claims it can help you, only to be injured by it instead.
If you were injured as a result of the Philips sleep apnea machine, we want to help. Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki has a team of attorneys to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Nooney, Roberts, Hewett & Nowicki today for a free case review.
Philips recalled millions of CPAP and other sleep apnea machines because many users were breathing toxic foam caused by a defect with their machines. Cancer and a myriad of other major health concerns can arise after ingesting the foam. Aside from causing cancer, many users reported headaches, upper airway irritations, coughing, chest pressure, sinus infections, asthma, damage to their liver and kidneys, nausea, vomiting, and increased breathing problems.
In June 2021, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philips in Massachusetts. The lawsuit contends that Philips knew about the toxic foam and the severe health issues it was causing people for years. There are claims showing that for years, users complained of issues related to Philips products, but Philips didn’t issue a public warning until April 2021. It was another two months, June 14th, 2021, before Philips recalled the devices. Interestingly, Philips didn’t announce the recall until a newer product was announced. Many patients who desperately need these devices had no choice but to purchase the newer machine, meaning Philips continued to profit even after they made the current machine’s recall public.
One of the reasons people were filing lawsuits against Philips is because they sold dangerous, defective devices to the public. The foam they used in the device is so toxic that when it degrades it can cause cancer.
Not only did Philips use materials in their medical devices that were incredibly dangerous, but they didn’t warn the public of the risks as soon as they became known. There are allegations that users had been complaining of health issues as a result of the foam for a long time. At the very least, Philips became aware of the issue in April 2021 and didn’t issue a recall until the middle of June 2021. This means that people were buying and using the machines for two months, despite the fact that Philips knew the risks.